We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best pinboard for you. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. You will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a pinboard.
There are two types of pinboards:
The biggest difference between a pinboard and a magnetic board is that you attach documents with pins in the first case and with magnets in the second case. Pinboards can consist of different materials. Magnetic boards are made of metal, although there are also those made of special glass. Furthermore, the two types differ in the freedom that they leave you to design. Below we show all the advantages and disadvantages of pinboards and magnetic boards so that you can make the right decision when buying.
What distinguishes a pinboard, and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Pinboards usually consist of cork or felt, but foam rubber, wood or fabric are also used. This leaves you with a wide choice of materials. Cork and wood are easy to paint, giving you great freedom to personalize the pinboard. A disadvantage of these materials, however, is that they are difficult to clean.
Due to their natural materials such as cork, a pinboard often has a more homely look than a magnetic board. Pinboards are usually fairly light, making them easier to hang up or move around than magnetic boards.
However, pinboards are also a bit more sensitive. The materials are often difficult to use outdoors. Besides, materials such as cork may lose quality and become crumbly if they are used frequently due to the many needle holes. So it may be that you have to replace your pinboard after a while.
Keep in mind that the pins will damage the documents you hang on your wall. Besides, needles are usually not strong enough to hold heavier documents. Besides, the use of pins poses a risk of injury.
Because of the risk of injury from needles, pinboards are less suitable for children than magnetic boards.
Easy to personalize
Easy to hang up
Usually not usable outdoors
Difficult to clean
Document is damaged
Unsuitable for heavier documents
Risk of injury
What distinguishes a magnetic board, and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
You can attach documents to a magnetic board with a magnet. Strong magnets hold even heavier documents easily on your magnetic board. Since magnets, unlike pins, pose no risk of injury, magnetic boards are also suitable for children.
Magnetic pinboards are very robust and are also suitable for outdoor use. Since magnetic walls are made of metal or glass, they have more weight than pinboards and are therefore more difficult to hang up. Due to their material, magnetic walls often have a harder and more sterile look than pinboards. Maybe that is why you want to use it in the office rather than at home. However, since they have a smooth, water-resistant surface, they are well suited for the kitchen. If it gets dirty, you can wipe it off.
Can be used outdoors
Easy to clean
The document is not damaged
Suitable for heavier documents
No risk of injury
Less choice of materials
More difficult to personalize
More difficult to hang up
Purchase criteria: You can use these factors to compare and rate pinboards
Below we show you which aspects you can choose between a large number of pinboards.
The criteria you can use to compare different pinboards include:
Magnet or needle
In contrast to pinboards, magnetic walls can be easily cleaned with water. Thus, they are well suited for outdoors, as well as in the kitchen or the children's room.
Magnet or needle
As already mentioned, pinboards pose a certain risk of injury through the use of needles. Magnetic boards are therefore more suitable for children than normal pinboards.
Strong magnets can hold heavier documents, which is an advantage for larger documents or letters.
If you do not want holes in your documents or photos through the use of needles, a magnetic wall is recommended.
In the office or for large projects, a generous pinboard is suitable so that you have enough space for all your ideas. Depending on the situation, a smaller pinboard is enough for your kitchen to hang up some recipes and shopping lists.
Magnetic boards are usually made of metal and therefore much heavier than pinboards made of cork or felt. If you do not have a stable wall to hang the magnetic wall, we do not recommend it. It is also much easier to mount a light pinboard. Learn about how to choose a pinboard surface.
Likewise, heavyweight can be tedious if you want to move your pinboard around or transport it.
How do I hang up a pinboard?
A pinboard is often touched and moved with regular use. Also, the objects attached to it expose it to a certain load. It is therefore important that a pinboard is stable and securely hung.
The easiest and safest solution is to attach your pinboard to the wall with nails or screws in the corners. This solution is very stable, but also permanent and less suitable if you would like to remove your pinboard in between.
If you do not want the suspension to be visible, suspension lugs are recommended. You can put them on the back of your pinboard. They have a tab that can be hung on a nail. Another option is to attach hook bolts or eyelets on both sides of the back of your pinboard. Then a cord is attached on both sides, which can be hung over a nail in the wall.
If you do not want any holes in your wall, you can attach a pinboard without drilling. Use strong double-sided tape to attach your pinboard to the wall. However, this solution is only suitable for lighter pinboards.
You can also hang your pinboard from the ceiling. To do this, attach hook bolts or screw eyes to the ceiling. You can then attach the pinboard there with a transparent nylon thread. However, since the pinboard is exposed to horizontal pressure when in use, you should place spacers between the wall and the pinboard. A polystyrene block, for example, is suitable for this.
What accessories are there for pinboards?
You can use all kinds of colored pins or magnets for your pinboard. Magnets, in particular, have a large selection of shapes and colors or fun motifs for children.
Different colored needles and magnets can also help you organize your pinboard by using the colors as a code for different topics. If you use your pinboard to distribute tasks, you can, for example, assign a different color to each person.
How do I personalize my pinboard?
You can easily design your pinboard creatively and personally. Materials such as wood or cork can be painted well. A pinboard can also be decorated with masking tape, gift ribbon or string. You can easily change the look or color of your pinboard by attaching a colored fabric or a poster as the background.
Now that you know about the different types of pinboards, it will be easy for you to decide which one is best for you. Depending on what you use your pinboard for, it can be helpful to divide and label titles or different areas. If you want to organize tasks, you can create areas for different people or days of the week, for example. You can also create areas for notes or a to-do list.